Spring 2013

Dore Number One

Dore Number One

BY JIM PATTERSON PHOTOGRAPHY BY DANIEL DUBOIS, ANNE RAYNER, JOHN RUSSELL AND SUSAN URMY You might expect to find a game ball from Vanderbilt’s 41–18 defeat of Tennessee last season in the spacious, wood-paneled office of Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos. Sure enough, it’s there. In fact, Zeppos so enjoyed thatRead More

Game Changer

Game Changer

BY ROD WILLIAMSON ILLUSTRATION BY SHAW NIELSEN In December 2010, a relatively unknown Maryland assistant football coach named James Franklin arrived in Nashville to occupy a hot seat that had scorched a long list of more seasoned men—that of Vanderbilt University’s head football coach. In the football-crazy South, a collegeRead More

Full Impact

Full Impact

[gofullscreen][featuresection] BY JOHN HOWSER AND KATHY RIVERS After Colleen Conway married in 1984, she signed an informal written agreement with her husband, Ted Welch, stating that she would resign as dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing after five years. Eight years later Welch tore up the agreement andRead More

Conjugation Nation

Conjugation Nation

[gofullscreen][featuresection] PHOTOGRAPHY BY DANIEL DUBOIS, LAUREN HOLLAND, JOE HOWELL and JOHN RUSSELL “Living–learning community” is a phrase bandied about Vanderbilt frequently these days, particularly since inception of the College Halls residential college system and construction of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons in 2008. But it’s hardly a new concept onRead More

Credit: GWENDA KACZOR

Editor’s Letter

Our cover story marks the fifth anniversary of Nicholas S. Zeppos’ tenure as chancellor. While reading Jim Patterson’s account of the past five years, what struck me most was the number of major changes at Vanderbilt during that short span of time, many of them highly visible. If you’re inRead More

Credit: GORDON STUDER

Learning in MOOC Years

BY PROFESSOR DOUGLAS C. SCHMIDT During the past decade I’ve taught software design and programming courses to roughly 600 undergraduate and graduate students at Vanderbilt. Our low faculty-to-student ratio is one of the reasons I like my work—it’s gratifying to watch students’ progress and envision the futures that lie ahead ofRead More

Credit: Joe Howell

Ear for Language

Few faculty lives intersect with as many Vanderbilt students as that of Fräncille Bergquist, associate professor of Spanish and associate dean of the College of Arts and Science. Bergquist, who helped establish McTyeire International House, retires this spring after 36 years at Vanderbilt. You’ve taught Spanish for many years. DidRead More

No Easy Road

No Easy Road

BY JOANNE LAMPHERE BECKHAM, BA’62 Nearly 50 years ago Robert J. Moore watched the countryside pass by his window during a long bus ride from Richmond, Va., to Nashville. As he traveled west, Moore wondered how he would be received as one of the first African American students to attendRead More

1,000 Words: Nashville Shines

1,000 Words: Nashville Shines

Photo by John Russell Named America’s friendliest city for three years running, Nashville has suddenly become a media darling, garnering rave reviews from The Today Show, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, GQ, Condé Nast Traveler and more in recent months. Music City is also the setting for the ABCRead More

The Vanderbilt Motorsports team: Front row, from left are Patrick Foran, Tucker Kirven, Eric Bramlett and Martin Bramlett. Back row, from left are Seth Schrage, Kurt Rosolowsky and Muhammad Haziq Razali.  (Courtesy of Eric Bramlett)

How to Build a Race Car

Vanderbilt Motorsports, an extracurricular team of School of Engineering undergraduates, will compete in May 2014 in the annual Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) event at Michigan International Speedway near Detroit. The event is the culmination of a yearlong process to develop a small, affordable formula car that could beRead More